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C. Frey

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[mg6133] Re: [mg6120] selecting from lists
Posted: Feb 23, 1997 12:14 AM
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I think there a some more MMA-like methods to solve
the problems you posted (getting those elements of a
list for which the corresponding element of another list
is True resp. getting the first element of a list
having a special property)

Take the following as an example

IN[1]:=v = {1,2,3,4,5};
b = {True,False,False,True,True};

Then by typing

OUT[2]={{1, True}, {4, True}, {5, True}}

you get all the pairs from the matrix Transpose[{v,b}]
which match the pattern {_,True}. But in Cases you can also
specify a Rule which transforms these pairs
(because you actually want the numbers, not the pairs).
So this is an answer to your first question


Now you also searched for the first element in a list
matching a condition or conditional pattern.
The following is a solution if you look for the first
number in the upper list v which is greater than 2 (e.g.) :

IN[4]:=Cases[v, val_/;val>2] //First

It has to be mentioned that in all the above you could also
use Select instead of Cases together with boolean
functions instead of (conditional) patterns.
But when it comes to rules, I think Cases is the better approach...

(: :)

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